Wrestling between Responsibility and Recreation

Saturday began with the same wrestling match that challenges me every weekend.  The I've-been-home-all-week-me lobbied quite convincingly that the day should be filled with going and doing something.  It didn't really matter what, but the something was to be out of the house, preferably out of town, and having nothing to do with seminary homework, homeschooling, mom duties or pastoral … [Read more...]

Life lessons from overtime, extra innings and five-hour-53-minute matches

News of the record-breaking five-hour-53-minute Australian Open final match greeted me this morning as I checked email.  I still can't wrap my mind around such an intense competition lasting that long.  Can you even imagine? The marathon showdown delighted fans around the world, and rightfully earned descriptors such as "amazing" and "incredible".  But tennis isn't the only place we … [Read more...]

From Complementarian to Egalitarian: When God’s Call Inspires Change

Several years ago when we first began looking for a family vehicle, I fell in love with Mercedes Sprinter vans and suddenly, I couldn't escape being inundated with Sprinters. UPS drivers sported fancy brown Sprinters. Fed-Ex drivers delivered packages in Sprinters. Hotel shuttle drivers drove Sprinters. Everywhere I turned, I saw a Sprinter, or so it seemed. Similarly when I applied … [Read more...]

Giving the Gift of Mentorship

The year was 1220 BC and war between the Greeks and Trojans raged on. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, knew he must leave his home to join the fighting in the Trojan War. But Odysseus faced grave uncertainty and struggle – not because of the war – but because his absence necessitated him finding someone to look after, care for, advise, and teach his son Telemachus. Who would be wise and … [Read more...]

The Six Senses of Right-Brain Thinking: A Model for Ministry?

In the first half of A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink establishes the basis and rationale for his suggestion that right-brain aptitudes are increasingly necessary in our era, which he terms the Conceptual Age. Without negating the value of left-brain reasoning, Pink suggests six specific proficiencies: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. When combined with more traditional … [Read more...]